Director: John Krasinski
Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds
Release Date: July 10, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
A QUIET PLACE is a taut and original thriller that follows a family who must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they desperately search for a way to fight back.
‘A Quiet Place’ follows a family trying to make some semblance of a life amidst a post-apocalyptic world where a terrifying breed of creatures preys the landscape attacking anything that makes a sound. Just over a year after suffering a terrible tragedy, married couple Evelyn and Lee Abbott (Blunt and Krasinski) and their children have slowly begun to adapt to their quiet way of living while also preparing for a child on the way. But when a chain of unfortunate events slowly builds to a terrifying fight for survival, it will take everything they have just to stand a chance of making it through and protecting their family.
Directed by John Krasinski (The Hollars) from a screenplay he additionally co-wrote with duo Bryan Woods and Scott Beck (Nightlight) which was based on a story by Woods and Beck respectively, Krasinski does a remarkable job at the helm of ‘A Quiet Place’ guiding along the emotion and quiet tension beautifully. The film also owes a sizeable chunk of credit to the talented individuals that comprise the limited cast including Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train), John Krasinski (13 Hours), Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck), Noah Jupe (Wonder) and a couple more, the majority providing highly capable performances in each of their respective roles overall, especially Krasinski who frequently tends to steal the show with his moving and thoroughly convincing performance of a father struggling to protect his family at all costs in a world gone terribly wrong.
‘A Quiet Place’ is a magnificent and powerful piece of filmmaking largely unlike anything we’ve seen before. A carefully crafted thriller that’s often truly terrifying, and also surprisingly moving; never forgoing the emotion and importance of family and love amidst this horrifying way of life and the things we’re willing to do in order to protect what’s most important to us, even in a world so far gone from that which we know. From a calmly composed and almost shocking opening sequence through to an ending that could not have been more perfect, ‘A Quiet Place’ is without question one of the most impressive films I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing so far this year and never falters for a moment throughout its perfectly constructed course. It’s passionately guided along by director John Krasinski who not only does a phenomenal job at the helm of ‘A Quiet Place’ but also as one of the lead roles, along with real-life wife Emily Blunt and a few more rounding out a truly solid cast. A true masterpiece of filmmaking, I can’t urge folks strongly enough to make a point of giving ‘A Quiet Place’ a shot whenever possible. It’s nothing short of spectacular and any fellow horror fans as well as many individuals that typically aren’t fans of the genre are both liable to largely appreciate this unique and moving film.
Overall, ‘A Quiet Place’ is utterly amazing, an intense and truly moving horror film that cleverly works its way from gorgeous and beautiful, to terrifying and at times emotionally riveting. Flawlessly guided by John Krasinski who serves as director, co-writer and one of the stars and does a remarkable job on all fronts; a talented individual that I’ve always enjoyed since his days as a regular on the US version of The Office television series who only continues to impress and exceed expectations. ‘A Quiet Place’ easily earns one of my highest possible recommendations. It’s a truly spectacular and powerful film that genre fans in particular won’t want to even consider missing out on, while still offering enough heart and unique style for many who often don’t overly enjoy the horror genre to still thoroughly enjoy this unforgettable ride. For anyone even mildly interested in the movie to begin with it should have little trouble proving well worth your time and the price of a rental at the very least.
The Blu-ray release of ‘A Quiet Place’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks magnificent and delivers a sharp, clean and detailed presentation from start to finish that represents the source material beautifully, while suffering no noticeable faults of any kind along the way. It holds up impressively even during the numerous darkly lit sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a magnificent high definition video presentation from Paramount that should easily satisfy fans of the film as well as first time viewers.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentation. This multichannel soundtrack is fantastic and provides a crisp, clean and at times notably aggressive audio presentation. It effortlessly shifts between complete and utter silence and calm tidbits of sound, to full blown audio insanity, utilizing all seven available channels to send the score, creature noises and nature elements along with more throughout the various speakers when appropriate, and never resulting in any dialogue (what very little there is) or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, this is a wonderful Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtrack that perfectly complements the film and contributes its share of tension and unease to the overall viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘A Quiet Place’ includes a few interesting extras in the way of Behind the Scenes Featurettes that explore different elements of bringing the film to life and featuring interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are: ‘Creating the Quiet: Behind the Scenes of A Quiet Place’ (running approximately 15 minutes in length), ‘The Sound of Darkness – Editing Sound for A Quiet Place’ (running approximately 12 minutes) and ‘A Reason for Silence – The Visual Effects of A Quiet Place’ (approximately 7 minutes).
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Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
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